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1 room, 2 adults

HI San Diego Downtown

1.5-star1.5 stars
521 Market Street, San Diego, CA, 92101, United States of America

Walking distance from Petco Park
  • Free WiFi
Good internet service
Great location
Great amenities

HI San Diego Downtown

from A$112
  • 4-Bed Male Dorm
  • 4 Bed Female Dorm Room
  • Room, 1 Double Bed, Private Bathroom
  • Room, 1 Double Bed, Shared Bathroom
  • Quadruple Room, 1 Bedroom, Private Bathroom
  • Twin Room, Shared Bathroom (Private)
  • Economy Shared Dormitory, Men only
  • Economy Shared Dormitory, Women only

What’s around HI San Diego Downtown


  • In Gaslamp Quarter
  • Petco Park - 6 min walk
  • San Diego Convention Center - 11 min walk
  • Seaport Village - 15 min walk
  • Balboa Park - 16 min walk
  • USS Midway Museum - 21 min walk
  • Port of San Diego - 23 min walk
  • B Street Cruise Ship Terminal - 25 min walk

Getting around

  • San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.) - 14 min drive
  • San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field) - 17 min drive
  • Tijuana, Baja California Norte (TIJ-General Abelardo L. Rodriguez Intl.) - 36 min drive
  • San Diego, CA (SEE-Gillespie Field) - 23 min drive
  • Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar) - 41 min drive
  • San Diego Santa Fe Depot - 18 min walk
  • San Diego-Old Town Transit Center - 12 min drive
  • San Diego Coaster Sorrento Valley Station - 21 min drive
  • Park and Market Trolley Station - 7 min walk
  • Convention Center Station - 8 min walk
  • 5th Avenue Station - 8 min walk

At a glance

Key facts


  • 48 rooms


  • Check-in time 3 PM-11 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • No parking

Payment types at the property

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink
  • Free continental breakfast
Things to do
  • Arcade/game room
Working away
  • Computer station
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Lift
  • Garden
  • Television in common areas
  • Braille or raised signage
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi

Special features

Awards and affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Globe, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

HI San Diego Downtown’s small print

Also known as

  • Hostel HI San Diego Downtown
  • Hostelling International San Diego Downtown Hotel San Diego
  • Hi Diego Downtown Diego
  • Hostelling International San Diego Downtown Hostel
  • Hostel HI San Diego Downtown
  • HI San Diego Downtown San Diego
  • HI San Diego Downtown Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
  • HI San Diego Downtown Hostel/Backpacker accommodation San Diego


This property does not accept 3rd party payment options for any bookings.

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property. Only bookings from non-local guests are accepted. Guests whose residence is within 45 mi (72 km) of the property will not be allowed to check in.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check-in or check-out:

Guests who do not present a Hostelling International membership card will be charged $3 at check-in, payable to the hostel.

  • Club Card: USD 4.00 per person, per night
  • Child's Club Card: USD 0 per night, (from 1 to 17 years old)

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.6 From 164 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
Best hostel experience I’ve ever had
Amazing place. Exceeded my expectations of what quality of space and cleanliness and amenities hostels could have. They put effort and money into their mattresses and it’s definitely noticeable, compared to anywhere I’ve been. The daylighting, interior design and ease of check in/out as well fantastic location makes this my favorite spot. Will defiantly come back here. Thanks for the amazing experience with my brief time in San Diego.
Joseph, us1 night business trip
Very good 8.0
Great place; beware of noise!
Our stay at the hostel was excellent. The location is perfect and we felt very safe. The rooms and shared bathroom were always clean. My only complaint is the noise. Our room was located above Market Street which has several bars and restaurants so people are constantly walking by. We stayed on a Friday and the next morning there were garbage trucks passing by since 7 am.
Monica, us1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
warm cozy little space
I stayedfor Thursday night and Monday night. It was described as it should be. Warm, welcoming cozy little place that is a very friendly environment. I would love to stay again here in the near future next time. I had a fun time here meeting new people and hanging out with them. Best of all! right in the heart of San Diego Downtown! Everything is right around the corner just a few minutes walk so it was very convenient too!! awesome great little location
Sehun, us1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
HI Gaslamp
Again stayed at this place. And as before, Maggie and Sonya took care of me like before. They are both kind and attentive. 6 out of 5 stars for this great place.
Luis, us1 night business trip
Exceptional 10.0
They were very kind and accommodating. It was nice and comfy and I’d definitely stay here again. The location is very convenient and they charge for parking however I was using lyft and Uber and had no issue. Everywhere I went was affordable to Uber to.
Lynnketsia, us1 night trip

HI San Diego Downtown

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